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Few people enjoy a clogged drain (except maybe your local plumber), but when you’ve got backed up pipes, and your plunger isn’t doing the trick, you may need to grab yourself a drain snake.
The term drain snake (sometimes called a plumbers snake or a toilet snake) typically refers to an auger tool that is used to unclog drains. The device usually consists of a fairly long, sturdy coil of metal that is thin and flexible enough to “snake” its way through various drain parts, including the P trap. The coil is commonly attached to a handle and reel at one end so it can be extended and retracted. While, the other end has hooks or blades for clearing blockages in the drain pipes. Drain snakes come in many sizes and variations, including electric and manual, for tackling different plumbing challenges.
If you’ve tried drain cleaner and a plunger to unclog those pipes but you’ve still got water backing up, you’re probably going to need a drain snake to dislodge that blockage: